Netflix Names Fiona Lamptey Director of U.K. Features

Fiona Lamptey
Peter Searle

Fiona Lamptey

The newly-created role will see the former Film4 exec identify books, theatre, and other material to develop into feature films.

Netflix has further expanded its growing U.K. programming and commissioning team, naming Fiona Lamptey its director of U.K. features.

Based in London, the newly created role will see Lamptey — a former Film4 production exec — identify books, theatre, and other material to develop into feature films, focused on British productions and IP, while also being charged with spotting new, emerging U.K. talent.

"Fiona has been widely recognized for developing underrepresented stories and talent, and has quickly made her mark on the U.K. film industry," said Netflix's film head Scott Stuber. "We are excited that Fiona is joining the team and further deepening our commitment and investment to UK stories and talent."

After 13 years at Channel 4/Film 4, Lamptey launched Fruit Tree Media, a talent hub aiming to cultivate original storytelling and champion unrepresented voices.

"As director of U.K. features, I'm eager to continue championing fresh, arresting and provocative ideas, where both new and established voices are empowered to tell their stories," said Lamptey. "I look forward to working with Scott to help connect distinctively British, and globally appealing filmmakers and their work to a wider audience."

Netflix's British arm has seen rapid growth in recent years, with the U.K. now one of the streamer's top three production hubs alongside the U.S. and Canada, and locally-made shows such as Sex Education and The Crown among its most watched. Last year, it signed a major deal with Pinewood, taking over large parts of Shepperton Studios, while major hires have included Anne Mensah as head of original scripted/drama, David Kosse for non-English language film and Kate Townsend for documentaries.